The Rugsea material guide
When sourcing the perfect rug, two things should always spring to mind; comfort and versatility. Our in-house experts share tips on sizing and how to select the right style for your home
Wool rug are durable and naturally stain-resistant. They are also relatively soft and warm, making them a popular choice for bedrooms and living rooms.
Cotton rugs are lightweight, easy to clean and generally less expensive than wool rugs. They are often used in high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Silk rugs are the most expensive and luxurious option. They have a soft, smooth texture and a beautiful shine. However, they are delicate and difficult to clean.
Jute rugs are made from a natural fiber derived from the jute plant. They are durable, eco-friendly, and have a natural, rustic look. They are often used in outdoor or high-traffic areas.
Synthetic rugs are made from synthetic fibers such as polyester, polypropylene, acrylic fibre or nylon. They are often less expensive than natural fiber rugs and are known for their durability and easy-care properties.
Hand-knotted rugs are made by tying individual knots on a loom. They are considered the finest quality rugs and can take months or even years to make.
Hand-tufted rugs are made by pushing yarn through a fabric backing with a tufting gun. They are less expensive than hand-knotted rugs and can be made quickly.
Hand-woven rugs are often referred to as “flatweaves” because they're, well, flat.They are woven more like a basket, which means the front and the back look the same, making the rug reversible. They have no pile or actual “knots.”
A “hand loomed” rug production presses fiber strands together, connecting them with quite thin threading, and with no proper securing of the ends or sides. They are produced as flat woven rugs and pile rugs.
Machine-made rugs are made using a machine that knots or weaves the fibers together. They are generally less expensive than hand-made rugs, but they may not be as durable or have the same level of craftsmanship.